Have you recently noticed some damage to your roof? There’s a good chance that wind is at the bottom of it.
Strong winds are one of the biggest culprits when it comes to roof damage. In big-time wind storms, your roof is your house’s first line of defense. Because of that, it takes the brunt of the damage.
Today, we’re going to tell you some of the signs that wind damaged your roof. The sooner you notice the damage, the quicker you can deal with it and ensure that it’s not damaged further. Once your roof is weakened, the rest of your house is at risk.
1. Missing, Lifting, Curling Shingles
The easiest way to spot wind damage on your roof is by examining your shingles. After a heavy wind or storm, head outside and do a quick scan of your roof. If it’s damaged, your shingles will likely tell the story.
Strong winds and falling branches can pull shingles all the way off, which will be extremely easy to see. They’ll also lift the shingles up, which is harder to see, but you’ll be able to watch them flap during high winds because the sealant keeping them attached to your roof is weakened.
Shingles will also curl at the stress points of the roof, meaning, near the chimney, at the corners, and at the ridge. If your shingles are curled, they’re basically useless in guarding against leaks.
2. Roof Leaks
When you start noticing leaks in the upstairs of your home after a storm, it’s likely because the wind has damaged your roof. Go into your attic or upper-floor bedrooms and examine the ceiling. It should be pretty obvious if your roof is leaking.
Not only is this an easy way to see if your roof is damaged, but it means that you have to call for repairs immediately. The more water you let in, the more damage your house is going to incur as a result.
3. Overloaded Gutters
Strong winds will blow anything from leaves and sticks to the remnants of your shingles into your gutters. If there’s a blockage in the gutter directly resulting from roof damage, you’ll see excessive amounts of shingle granules (the substances your shingles are coated with) in the gutters.
4. Damaged Flashings
The flashings are your roof’s vulnerable areas, which are made of metal and sealed with tar to protect against water leaking in. Like your shingles, the flashings are extremely susceptible to damage in high winds, so look for damaged or missing flashings after a wind storm.
Damaged flashings are a sign that the rest of your roof is now vulnerable to further damage and leaking. Don’t hesitate to call your residential roofer, or you’ll regret it!
If the Wind Damaged Your Roof, Don’t Wait
If you see one of these signs, there’s a good chance that the wind damaged your roof. To get your roof fixed immediately, contact Woodberg Roofing and Restoration for an estimate. We specialize in roofing and other exterior storm damage in the Denver area, so if a storm’s taken a toll on your home, you know who to call.